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Ko: Ramming of Presidential Office reflects public discontent
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-26 05:39 PM
Ko Wen-Je of National Taiwan University, a declared candidate in November’s election for mayor of Taipei, said Sunday that the fact that a disgruntled truck driver pushed his rig up the front steps of the Presidential Building Saturday should lead the leaders of the national and local governments to reflect on the state of public opinion in Taiwan. Whether the driver’s direction was related to a problem with mental health or simply an expression of discontent , with the government, the incident and the resultant reaction from the media and the public should give pause to all who are complacent about the problems society is facing today, said Ko.

Ko made his comments Sunday morning while writing couplets for the upcoming Lunar New Year with DPP city council members Chang Mao-nan and Tung Chung-yan.

Ko criticized lawyer Wellington Koo, an announced candidate for the DPP mayoral nomination, for making public pessimistic remarks made by former president Chen Shui-bian on the DPP’s chances in the race. Ko noted that "Many politicians say things when they talk to others that are tailored to fit the people they are talking to. [Chen’s] mental abilities may have declined a bit, but he can still talk about politics."

Ko pointed out that he has also discussed politics with Chen Shui-bian many times but he has never felt the need to air the former president’s thoughts out in public.

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